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Guinea-Bissau's accession to the United Nations Water Convention further strengthens cross-border cooperation on shared waters

On 16 June, Guinea-Bissau became the 4th African country (45th party) to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), whose secretariat is provided by UNECE. It is also a party to the Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (Watercourses Convention), since 2010.  

Estimating emissions from road transport to facilitate sound policy solutions in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Transport continues to be a significant source of air pollution, especially in cities in the UNECE region. Air pollutants, such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), harm human health and the environment.

Safeguarding environmental democracy – outlook for 2025

Setting the major directions to strengthen effective public participation and access to information and justice by 2025 was the focus of the twenty-fifth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (Geneva, 3 May  and 7 and 8 June 2021). Governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and other stakeholders gathered to finalize a number of decisions on the future work for the seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the A

Advancing gender mainstreaming in transport, health and environmental policies in the Pan-European Region

Despite decades of discussions on the challenges and intersections between gender and transport, progress has been slow in implementing a gender perspective in transport policies. This has been problematic, for example, in urban planning which fails to recognise the different travel patterns between different genders, having an adverse impact on the mobility of women. Progress has been even slower for policies integrating the health and environmental aspects despite several studies demonstrating how transport policies, if including a gender perspective, can also be beneficial for the enviro

Discover the stories behind the best photographs of UNECE global photo contest “Humans locked down: Nature unlocked”

The COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world at lightning speed, devastating cities and communities and prompting a lockdown. The lockdown period also provided some respite for nature, resulting in memorable sights of ‘nature unlocked’ in our urban habitats.

Tackling methane emissions from fossil sectors is vital to slow near-term climate warming: readily available UNECE tools can support action

Human-caused methane emissions are rising, and must be reduced by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° C, warned the Global Methane Assessment released last month by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This would avoid nearly 0.3° C of global warming by 2045 and complement all long-term climate change mitigation efforts.

UNECE and partners explore opportunities to finance Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus projects in the Western Balkans

Integrated management of water, energy and land resources, while protecting ecosystems, remains a substantial challenge in the Western Balkans. The Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus approach offers solutions that can reconcile potentially conflicting interests as they compete for the same scarce resources, while capturing existing opportunities and exploring emerging ones.

Ghana Launches its National Implementation Plan for the two Global Water Conventions

Ghana’s transboundary river basins, namely the Volta River basin (shared with Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Togo – home to over 23 million people, with a population projected to more than double by 2050), Bia and Tano Rivers (shared with Côte d’Ivoire) and Todzie-Aka basin (shared with Togo), cover over 75% of the country’s land surface and generate around 80% of freshwater flow.